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Serbian Church Severs Ties With Macedonian Church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.06.01 SeEurope: REGION: Serbian Church Severs Ties With Macedonian Church 2005-06-01 12:17:20 Nis Bishop Irinej said on May 27 that the Serbian Orthodox
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      2005.06.01 SeEurope:

      REGION: Serbian Church Severs Ties With Macedonian Church

      2005-06-01 12:17:20

      Nis Bishop Irinej said on May 27 that the Serbian Orthodox Church's
      decision to sever ties with the Macedonian Orthodox Church and
      recognize the autonomy of the Ohrid Orthodox archbishopric in
      Macedonia "was a difficult step that the Serbian Orthodox Church had
      been forced to take." On May 26, Serbian Patriarch Pavle issued a
      special decree granting autonomy to the Ohrid Orthodox Christian
      archbishopric, and promoting former Metropolitan of Ohrid Jovan to
      the rank of archbishop.

      Irinej told BETA and Radio Free Europe that the decision "was a
      painful step," but that the Serbian church could not "give the
      so-called Macedonian church what it desires," and that it had been
      "forced to call it to return to the existing canonical order" and "to
      seek what it wants through legitimate channels." On May 27, the
      highest-ranking member of the Macedonian clergy, the archbishop of
      Ohrid and Macedonia, Stefan, called on believers and citizens to
      "bear the Serbian Orthodox Church's spiritual terror with dignity."
      He also said that the Serbian Orthodox Church's decision had no power
      and that the Macedonian church was independent.

      Stefan said that truth and justice were on the side of the Macedonian
      church and people and that the church would persevere, with the help
      of God, in defending its rights and dignity. A few years ago, Serbian
      Patriarch Pavle invited the clergy and people of Macedonia to join
      the canonical order of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Metropolitan
      Jovan accepted the invitation, and is now recognized by the Serbian
      Orthodox Church as the only valid Christian representative in
      Macedonia.

      Source: Betanews and Press Review
      www.seeurope.net
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